Mahurangi News

Sweet Appreciation with Chocolate Brown

Congratulations to Christine Hemus, of Warkworth, who is a recipient of a gift basket from Chocolate Brown. Christine was nominated by Jo Bigwood who wrote: "It is not often that people really stand out, but Christine at New World, is one of...... Read More

Highway Cafe, Brynderwyn

Bikers, car enthusiasts and holiday makers will see Highway Café in Maungaturoto as a welcome sight, according to owner Jayne Senior. The cafe is located on the corner of State Highway 1 and State Highway 12, at Brynderwyn and is open daily...... Read More

Nick Oxborough Contracting

After operating all types of machinery for more than 30 years, Nick Oxborough has developed expertise in all aspects of building site preparation work. This includes digging trenches for drains or power cables, installing footings, drilling holes for...... Read More

Rodney activists seek ban on gay conversions

Rodney-based Labour MP Marja Lubeck received a petition on the steps of Parliament last week seeking the banning of conversion therapies that aim to make gay people straight. The petition, containing 5157 signatures, was organised by the Rodney Area...... Read More

Spreading the love

Just eight weeks after opening, Warkworth’s Community Shop has handed over two cheques for $3000 each to two local community organisations. Warkworth Fire Brigade and Hestia Rodney Women’s Refuge are the inaugural recipients of proceeds...... Read More

Teacher strike set to disrupt Mahurangi schools

As the spectre of a national teachers strike loomed last week, 14 primary schools across the wider Mahurangi region were preparing to close on August 15 affecting hundreds of families across the region. Affected schools were expected to be Warkworth,...... Read More

Cake fracas gives rise to new political party

The backlash against Kath’s Devine Cakes for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding has prompted a Warkworth man to seek to establish a new political party. As Mahurangi Matters went to press, John Starrenburg, 83, was preparing to launch...... Read More

Attention local writers!

The Mahurangi Matters short story competition for 2018 is now open. All genres of fiction are encouraged – suspense, crime, romance, thriller, science fiction, fantasy or slice-of-life. There are two sections in the competition, a general...... Read More

Board allocates first event grants

The first grants from the Rodney Local Boards targeted events fund have been allocated and are currently being disbursed. The Board has allocated $25,000 for the period from July 2018 to June 2019 to support both long-standing events, such as the Kowhai...... Read More

Zero-waste trailblazer sets sights on business

A Whangaripo woman who has led a local charge to increase sustainability and cut plastic usage has won the Trailblazer category in the 2018 Auckland Zero Waste Awards. Josie Jackson was up against more than 30 people, including national initiatives,...... Read More